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Emergency Shelters & Assistance

Kingston has a number of shelters that provide emergency accommodation to individuals and families who need a temporary place to stay. Some shelters are restricted to certain individuals, such as homeless youth and men, abused women, or people with addiction problems.

Shelters are usually staffed by trained workers who may provide counselling and referrals to other services. Most shelters are equipped with an emergency telephone number or crisis line that is answered 24 hours a day.

A number of charitable organizations and churches in Kingston also provide hot meals for a small fee or no charge. Families on low incomes can register their children in The Food Sharing Project, which provides breakfast, snacks and lunch in Kingston-area schools. Local food banks also provide free food hampers to individuals and families.

For More Information

What is emergency housing?
Most Ontario communities provide facilities that offer short-term accommodation and meals to individuals and families in need. Available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

Partners in Mission Foodbank
The food bank provides emergency food assistance to local Kingston individuals and families. Hampers filled with non-perishable food and some fresh products are made available depending on level of need. Also available on Facebook and Twitter.

The Food Sharing Project
Provides breakfast, snacks, and lunch to children in Kingston-area schools. Includes information on initiating a program, nutrition guides, and videos. Also available on Facebook.

Home Base Housing
A non-profit organization that provides a range of supportive housing programs to assist people to live independently in Kingston. Programs include: Housing Help Centre, which provides information and assistance for housing searches including a list of available housing to individuals who are homeless or require affordable housing; Supportive Housing, which provides furnished, rent-geared-to-income housing for single adults, 16 years of age or older, who are in need of a home; In From the Cold, an emergency shelter open only from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.; and Lily’s Place, which is dedicated to assisting single women and families as they transition from homelessness to a home of their own. Also available on Facebook.

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